A book of new poems from Glass Lyre Press


Super RADIO INTERVIEW with me by Lois p. Jones on KPFK's Poet's cafe. Love it!

Super Interview with me by Lois p. Jones on KPFK's Poet's cafe. Love it!



!! Podcast of the POET'S CAFE on Radio: Margo Berdeshevsky reading and Interview on KPFK!!


** Listen here anytime... to a Reading  of poems from  Before the Drought  and an in depth an interview!! **  




Humbling "wow" review by Alicia Ostriker... here:

Named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2017!!

 The Brooklyn Rail calls Margo Berdeshevsky's "BEFORE THE DROUGHT" (Glass Lyre Press        .....................................one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2017! ...................................................  

["I chose those books from this past year that, in my opinion, best teach us how we will live, how will love, how we will struggle, how we will endure."]


Poet holding her first edition...clic below to hold yours!

***REVIEWS!! :

Review in  the Brooklyn Rail ...   


"So...what we get is brilliance, the voice dominant, the intelligence demanding, and, in this book by this writer, a wholehearted recognition of the body, particularly the female body, in all its phases.”

                                                               —Kelly CherryTHE BROOKLYN RAIL  


Review in Gravel...


"This new collection—praised by Kevin Prufer as “marvelous, deeply humane,” and by Carolyn Forché as “a book to read at the precipice on which we stand”—was a finalist for the National Poetry series in 2015 in its earlier stages. A forceful proclamation, Before the Drought is a mature meditation on the raw mortality of the human experience. The collection is ancestral, sensual, and aware; its fragmented composition resonates in our world’s growing uncertainty. Berdeshevsky delivers a complex patchwork of beliefs, death, courage, and vulnerability."      —Stephanie Papa—GRAVEL 


Review in Diagram... 


"In Before the Drought, Margo Berdeshevsky collects forty-some averted apocalypses. Moving through phantasmagoric architectures with studied sensuality, she discovers, again and again, the paradoxical alien that is self....... 

Before the Drought is an act of prophecy as much as it is poetry. Whether or not you set out to find it, it will find you."        LLDIAGRAM






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       poet to poet: interview:



** Music to poetry interview ! 

Book Notes - Margo Berdeshevsky "Before the Drought" 

          How to interview a poet!!! : My music playlist for BEFORE THE DROUGHT Glass Lyre Press at Largehearted Boy! (Featured artists I chose include Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Edith Piaf, and Eagles Of Death Metal.)








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* Backstory of a Poem_Interview 

        For the disappeared Air Asia flight, "12_2014" 



...BEFORE The DROUGHT...is...

"BEFORE The DROUGHT" is a book for the cries and whispers of our shared "now"... so I believe with all my heart..... 


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Before the Drought is a lyric meditation on corporeal existence, suffused with atavistic spirit and set in historical as well as cosmic time , a work of radical suffering and human indifference but also sensual transport. The tutelary spirits of these poems are  the feminine principle, and a flock of messengers that include blue heron, ibis, phoenix, egret, and blood’s hummingbird. In the surround we find ourselves in the magical world of a floating balcony, and a field of cellos, but it is a world in peril, now and in the time to come, on the night of the Paris massacres and in a poisoned future . In the City of Light, Berdeshevsky writes poems commensurate with her vision, poems that know to ask How close is death, how near is God? Hers is a book to read at the precipice on which we stand.  — Carolyn Forché



Margo: reading "No Modifier At All"

this is one poem...from "Before The Drought" ...

A short trailer for "Before the Drought"

"Here is My Body"....

PODCAST from Shakespeare and Company in Paris

**Podcast of launch reading @ Shakespeare and Company, Paris** 

                             Margo Berdeshevsky reading from "Before the Drought"  


...stairway to the poetry room at Shakespeare and Company in Paris...


MARGO BERDESHEVSKY, born in New York city, often writes in Paris. Her newest book, Before The Drought, was published by Glass Lyre Press/ September, 2017. (In an early version, it was finalist for the National Poetry Series.) Berdeshevsky is author as well of the poetry collections Between Soul & Stone, and But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press.) Her book of illustrated stories, Beautiful Soon Enough, received the first Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award from Fiction Collective Two (University of Alabama Press.) Other honors include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, a portfolio of her poems in the Aeolian Harp Anthology #1 (Glass Lyre Press,) the & Now Anthology of the Best of Innovative Writing, numerous Pushcart prize nominations. Her works appear in the American journals Poetry International, New Letters, Kenyon Review, Plume, The Collagist, Tupelo Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Southern Humanities Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The American Journal of Poetry, among many othersIn Europe her works have been seen  in The Poetry Review (UK) Levure Litteraire, The Creative rocess, The Wolf, Europe, Siècle 21, & Confluences Poétiques. A multi genre novel, Vagrant, and a hybrid of poems, Square Black Key, wait at the gate. She may be found reading from her books in London, Paris, New York City, or somewhere new in the world. Her “Letters from Paris” which include many of her photographs... may be found in Poetry International, here: https://pionline.wordpress.com/category/letters-from-paris

For more information, kindly see:  http://margoberdeshevsky.blogspot.com



Link to Amazon Author page for all her books!:






!!! LITTLE TRUE STORY while everyone is going off about HEFNER:

I was a young actress in NYC and the play I was in was a one act world premiere by Harold Pinter. In the play I was the girlfriend of a man whose oldest friend we were visiting in the middle of the night... We come in from the rain, the old friend is sitting in his armchair reading the Kama Sutra. We enter his flat, ignore him, head for his bed, I strip and the lights lower (these were the days when nudity was big and applauded, off Broadway) and the man and I dive under the covers and begin to make love. Lights down on us, and slow fade on the friend in his armchair. ... The morning after opening night, a great review appeared in the NY times describing said scene... and my phone rang, I had a call from “Playboy” mag, on behalf of, yes, "Hef" ...saying they had heard about me and read the review, and would I like to do a centerfold. I had no more than a heart beat, and a seven word answer. This was my reply, “I only do it for Harold Pinter.” And I hung up. They didn’t try twice. 


One precious visit...

One precious visit...

In September 2017 I had the huge honor and joy of reading one of my poems from "Before the Drought" to my once-upon neighbor and dear one, W.S. Merwin. The poem is a "Blason" written for him. Elderly and sage, he listened and thanked me, and our friend made a discreet photo. I also brought him a bottle of Chateau Neuf du Pape for his 90th birthday which was the following  day. Not sure which one he liked most, but so very honored and happy to have been with him to share poetry and grace. xxxx, margo


AND YET, we will make   POETRY  IN  WARTIME

Until Soon....

... On The Bookshelf at Shakespeare and Company in Paris...in such humbling company!...

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